By Eric Marrapodi and Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors
(CNN) – We're gonna gloat.
Over the weekend, CNN's Belief Blog won a stack of awards from the Religion Newswriters Association at the group's annual conference. It's a huge honor for us and we want to thank our readers, who help shape our coverage every day via comments, guest pieces, tweets and Facebook posts.
Here's a rundown of the awards, with links to the stuff that took top honors:
The Belief Blog won the Schachern Award for Online Religion Section of the Year. We also won the Gerald A. Renner Enterprise Religion Report of the Year for our series examining the the faith narratives of the Republican presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.
CNN, meanwhile, won RNA awards for television pieces, including National Network/Cable News Report of the year for our piece on preparing clergy for war, which aired on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
CNN also won first place as RNA Television Magazine Report of the Year for our story on evangelicals battling budget cuts for AIDS funding that aired on "Stories: Reporter" with Tom Foreman, an occasional newsmagazine special.
CNN won second place in the same category for our story on a Philadelphia imam who opened up a boxing gym above his mosque, which also aired on "Stories: Reporter" with Tom Foreman.
Here's a list of all the winners from the RNA Awards.
Why stop at an award? Couldn't we preserve all the comments in the international museum of religious intollerance?
Prayer changes things .
Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!
come on guys and gals. you know you love it here. you should be proud of this great accomplishment.
The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.